Hundreds of New York City fast-food workers, fed up with poverty wages and abusive working conditions, walked off the job this Thursday, demanding minimum pay of $15 an hour and the right to organize and collectively bargain without fear of retaliation. The strike echoes a similar walkout that took place in the city last November and exemplifies how low-wage non-unionized workers across the U.S. are organizing to fight back against exploitation.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has created a great guide for facilitators about how to run a success workshop on public speaking for union activists. The guide includes handouts, a feedback form for participants to fill out, and charts to draw on during the workshop. The workshop covers:
Characteristics of an effective speaker
How to create an outline for a speech
Mock presentations for participants to test their skills
Technology has become central to the workplace, with employers regularly providing employees with access to computers and other devices for use in the course of work and employment activities. Personal use of these devices often becomes incidental, especially as the boundaries between the workplace and home blur. As a result, questions arise over who really owns the personal information generated on these workplace devices and the extent of an employee's privacy rights over any personal information stored on these devices.